The house at the top of the hill

The house at the top of the hill

Splendid Michael.

Gorgeous Michael, the shadows make the painting.

Henry and Frank - thank you! It's a lovely old village where the steep streets and alleys converge to a square and church at the top with great views over the countryside ... Painter's paradise!

This is lovely Michael....simple but enough the touches of red & the blue sky...great shadows too!

Lovely building Michael. Those shadows are great too.

Its got that 'French antique building' character and well captured.

Thank you Sylvia, Adele & Willie. Pleased you like it. Glad I persevered because I was tempted to abort half way through!

It's a truly lovely painting Michael. Your shadows are so beautiful and exactly the colour I love. The story is interesting too.

Thank you Satu. It's nice to get the shadow tone as you want it first wash - doesn't always happen!

Lovely pure watercolour work Michael.

Glad you didn't give up on it Michael, it's a super painting, great shadow work.

Thank you Fiona. It was the shadows that attracted me to paint this. About 8.30a.m. and not a soul about - I think the French don't stir before about 10 a.m. so it was a lovely quiet spot to sketch in the cool of the morning before it became too hot.

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An old house in the village of Monflanquin, south-west France. An ancient Bastide village dating from 1256AD I liked the dappled sunshine and shadow on the wall and, in case you think my drawing is awry, none of the walls is at right angles to another and the main chimney stack sits across the corner of the roof in a rather odd position. All adds to the charm I suppose. 14x10 in. on Arches Rough,

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Michael Trask

Hello. I am a retired Chartered Building Surveyor who took up watercolours at the age of 66 fifteen years ago. It is never too late! Whilst I could always draw and understood perspective ( my training helped that) I had never painted other than a few sketches for clients as an articled pupil 60…

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